Six Burglary Suspects Arrested in Southampton Area

Detectives from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit in Southampton have arrested and charged a total of six people following a series of early morning raids.

At 6am on Tuesday, August 24, officers conducted searches at six different addresses across Southampton and Eastleigh in connection with an investigation into a number of high-value burglaries.

Five men and one woman were arrested and were held at various police stations across Hampshire.

Four of the men and the one woman were charged with conspiracy to burgle.

A fifth man, a 45-year-old from Southampton, was released on bail pending further enquiries.

The following were charged with conspiracy to burgle: –

William Castle, aged 50,of Oakmount Road, Eastleigh,
Daniel Collett, aged 27, of Croydon Close, Southampton,
Stephen Gregory, aged 50, of Portsmouth Road, Southampton
James Meehan, aged 38, of Paignton Road, Southampton

In addition William Castle was also charged with a further five offences of money laundering.

All four men were refused bail and are due to appear at Southampton Magistrates Court on Thursday, August 26

Kim Castle, aged 46, of Oakmount Road, Eastleigh was charged with money laundering. She was granted bail and is also due to appear at Southampton Magistrates Court on Thursday, August 26.

The premises allegedly targeted are as follows :–

Stan James Bookmakers, 19-23 Leigh Road, Eastleigh, Hants
HMV, 25 St Peters Street, St Albans  Hertfordshire
McDonalds, Somerford Road, Christchurch
McDonalds, Ower, Totton
CDT Ltd, Unit M, Griffin Industrial Park, Totton
Citizen Watches, Unit 19 The Business Centre, Molly Millars Lane Industrial Estate,   Wokingham, Berkshire
Argos, Spencer Street, St Albans
Nevis Marketing Ltd, Crow Arch Lane, Ringwood
Intech Science Museum, Telegraph Way, Winchester
John Brown's Garden Centre, Ringwood Road, Verwood, Dorset
HRP Ltd, Unit 2 South Hampshire Industrial Estate, Totton (wholesale supplier of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment)